The colder weather has hit!

Hi again everyone

Winter has finally arrived!  But things haven’t slowed down any!

Congratulations to both of our Junior and Senior volleyball teams, who got to the semi-final stage of the House volleyball competition before being knocked out.  Our mighty debating team is also doing very well, and competing in the semi-finals next week.  The annual dodgeball competition against Harper House has begun, with the Year 9 / 10 team unfortunately losing 2-1 in a hard fought match on Monday.  It is the Year 11 team’s turn to get us back on track next week before the Year 12 / 13 team finishes the job for us the week after!

We have also been trying to start our pool and table tennis competitions in the House at lunchtimes, but what with haka practices, inter-house competitions, rehearsals, chanting practice and a host of other activities, this has proved very difficult.  What is great to see though, is the reduction in gaming at lunchtimes due to the high number of activities being offered.  We also have a high number of students in bands, practising for the annual Rockquest competition coming up very soon, and three guys in the First XV playing tomorrow against CBHS.

Good luck, and stay warm everyone!

Term Two has started with a hiss and a roar!

Hi again

Life at College never seems to slow down!  Term Two has begin with the start of the Winter sports season, parent teacher interviews, two Julius parent functions and the Senior production West Side Story.

First, a huge thank you to Murray and Tonia Salt for opening the doors to their stunning Sumner property a couple of weeks ago for a Julius parent function.  You are wonderful hosts, and Rheon and Kynan were awesome!  Thank you so very much for your hospitality.  It was wonderful to see a great bunch of parents there too, keeping alive the Julius spirit!

And well done to the Julius boys who were in West Side Story!  It was an absolutely outstanding production, and it was great to see several Julius boys up on the stage, demonstrating huge talent.

You may be interested to know about several initiatives we are currently running in the House:

The leadership team met in Week One, and are due to meet again next week.  This is an excellent forum for the boys, myself and the Assistant Housemasters to discuss how things are going, and to make plans for the future.  The boys on this committee have had several excellent suggestions.

Unfortunately we cannot set up a basketball hoop outside the House, near the Chapel.  Instead, we now have Mondays and Thursdays as gaming-free days in the House, and have booked out the gymnasium every Monday lunchtime for a run around for Julius boys only.   On Thursdays the prefects take the boys for games on Upper.

We are about to begin a table tennis competition and a pool competition between year levels in the House.  We have a staff team entered in the competition.  Peter Cooper and I are feeling confident about our pool competence, but we may be shown up a bit at table tennis!

The history of Julius House is important, and to help our students feel a sense of that we are doing several things.  We are updating our Honours Boards in the House, and getting three new ones made – those Julius old Boys who passed away in WWI,  in Vietnam, and one made up with the names of the nine Housemasters since 1909.  We are also getting a book made up which lists all of the Julius boys who received Sports and Cultural colours, and academic prizes over the years.  Finally, we are  getting the last 20 years of Julius House photos framed and hung on the wall, and a big picture of Bishop Julius hung on the stairs.

We have begun to clean out the small room at the very top of the house, and will use it as a quiet study room for students.  No gaming, no talking!

And of course we are still accepting ideas for our new motto.  We have received a great deal of feedback to date, so if you would like to contribute an idea, please send it in to me.  By the end of this term I will have put together a short list which I will then circulate amongst the wider Julius community for feedback.  In particular the Julius Old Boy community seems quite interested in this, which is wonderful.

Please remember to get in touch with me if you have any concerns or suggestions, or just want to talk about your son.  I am always happy to talk with parents about how things are going.

We haven’t yet locked in the date for the annual quiz night which will take place in Term Three.  But it is coming, so get ready!

Thank you very much

Mike

Welcome to the New Year!

A very warm welcome to all of the Julius whanau, and particularly to the new boys in Year Nine!

This year, Julius will be without its much-loved Housemaster, Ben Vink.  Ben, as most of you will know, has moved into a Boarding Housemaster role with Flowers House.  So he is certainly not lost to College – we wish him and Melissa all the best in his new and challenging role.

However, with change comes opportunity.  This year Julius has a new Housemaster – Mike Field.  Mike comes to Julius and College with a history in the education, charitable and business sectors.  In addition to his role as Julius Housemaster, Mike is also teaching Year 10 Innovation and Enterprise, and Agribusiness in Years 12 and 13.  He is also MIC Basketball for College, so is looking forward to a busy year!

Julius is fortunate to retain the services of existing Assistant Housemasters Nikki Bleyandaal, Peter Cooper, Susan Harding and David Chambers for 2018, so we have plenty of continuity and experience.  Gill Kilpatrick has also moved to Flowers House with Ben, but we welcome newby Olivia Austin to Julius and to Christ’s College.  Olivia is beginning her teaching career at College after a successful teaching practice here last year, and joins Nikki in the English Department.

This year promises to be as busy and rewarding as ever!

Julius House Prize Giving

Keep Thursday the 30th of November available. The Julius House Prize giving will be on the Quad and will begin at 4pm. All parents are invited.

Julius House Play ‘Screw Your Courage’

Well done to Sam Mackay and the cast of the harrowing ‘Screw Your Courage’ play. Sam won an award for his leadership in the directing of the play and the way in which he used technology in the direction of  ‘Screw Your Courage’. Congratulations to Simon Brown who picked up an acting award for the way in which he played his role. Congratulations to Sam, Angus Wheelans, Tim Goodman and Josh Mortensen who won an award for their scene within the play.  George Lacey-Metcalfe’s performance also deserves recognition for the great way he played his lead role.

It was fantastic to see the support that the boys gave to the play and the leadership displayed by Sam, Angus Wheelans, Simon and others. It was great that once again the seniors included the juniors within the play and worked hard to put on a polished performance.

House Touch/Football and Play

On this Saturday the 9th of September all boys are expected to attend the Touch and Football Inter-house competition. This is a compulsory event. The competition starts at 12.30pm (usually finishes at 4pm) and will be held at the Christ’s College Cricket Grounds, next to the Hagley Oval. Boys are expected to wear House uniform. Parents are welcome to come and watch. The competition has changed from 7 a side rugby due to the amount of injuries that were taking place, particularly to the non-rugby players.
On Thursday the 14th of September starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 9pm is Julius’ night on stage at House play. Once again, this is compulsory attendance for the boys. Parents are welcome to attend. They will need to be at school by 6pm. I would also like to thank Sam Mackay who has done an outstanding job of Directing the play with the help of his Year 13 and Year 12 team.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mr Vink leaving for Flower’s House

As many of you will already be aware I will be leaving Julius and taking on the role as Housemaster of Flower’s House for 2018. I have to say that it was not an easy decision. I have really enjoyed my time at the helm of Julius.

However, by the end of the year I will have been in the role for eight years and it is time for a change. As I said to the boys on the announcement of the change, I have always asked for them to challenge and push themselves out of their comfort zones. It therefore only makes sense that I role model those values myself.

I am proud of the changes that we as a community of staff, parents and especially the boys have made within Julius over the years. We are known as a House that allows the boys to flourish and to accept that as individuals we are all different. At the same time, as a community we pull together and work as a cohesive unit. In recent years we have displayed this in the major events such as athletics, singing, haka and house plays.

Julius House Quiz Night

In week three of the term Julius held its first Quiz night. A well attended event it was great to see so many of the boys, parents and staff attend for what proved to be a competitive and highly enjoyable evening. Well done to the Year 12 dominated team who cleaned up on the Numbers round. After that we were all playing catch up.
Thanks to Mr David Chambers for playing the Quizmaster for the night. Thanks also to Bridget Goodman and Julie Hutton for all of their help in putting on the event.

Julius House Wins Junior Hockey

Well done to Zach May (c), Jonty Gallagher, Josh Erasmus, Sam Kelly, Hugh Fraser and Kynan Salt who took out the Junior Hockey Final with an emphatic 8-1 win over Harper House today.

The boys played an exceptional match against Harper, led ably by Zach. The lads passed well and generally outshone their rivals in this anticipated match.

It had been a tough road to the final with a 2-1 win against Corfe in extra time and a hard fought match against Rolleston in the opening round.

Well done boys.

 

 

Julius wins Junior House Volleyball

After a very close match that went to three sets against Jacobs in the first round, Julius went on to defeat Somes in straight sets in the semis. The team was made up of Henry Eglinton, Kynan Salt, Zach May, Zach Gimblett, Thomas MacLean Jonty Gallagher, Charlie Goodwin, Gus Morrow, Ben Evans, Fergus Laing, Rohan Baird, Josh Mortensen, Thomas Sunderland, Charles Lord and the star player of the tournament Hanjun Kim. The lads faced a strong Flowers side in the final. However, the consistency of the serve and the communication amongst the lads was too strong. The final ended in a straight set white-wash and a pizza shout for the Year 9 and 10s to celebrate. Well done lads.
B Vink and H Eglinton

 

 

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